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Prof. Alison Cooley

Head of Department September 2014 – August 2018

The Higher Education Academy, Fellow
Tel: 24918 Email: A dot Cooley at warwick dot ac dot uk
Humanities Building, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

On research leave for the academic year 2018/19.


I studied 'Greats' at St John's College, Oxford between 1989 and 1993, and subsequently carried out my research for my D.Phil. (The role of inscribed monuments in transforming public space at Pompeii and Ostia) at the same college, latterly as North Senior Scholar. After a period of research at the British School at Rome as holder of a Rome Award in Ancient Italian Studies, I then took up a joint post as Junior Research Fellow (Corpus Christi College, Oxford) and Murray Fellow (History Faculty, Oxford) before joining Warwick in 2000.

Research interests

I am interested in all aspects of the Roman world - social, cultural, economic, and political. My research focuses upon Roman Italy and the early Principate in particular, and upon the use of inscriptions in both ancient and modern times. I enjoy the interchange of ideas between teaching and researching. In 2009, I produced a new edition and commentary of the Res Gestae divi Augusti, the account of his achievements by the emperor Augustus, in which he summarises his benefactions to the Roman people (podcast discussion), and in 2012 The Cambridge Manual of Latin Epigraphy. A new edition of Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Sourcebook appeared in 2014, and the edited volume, A Companion to Roman Italy (Blackwell-Wiley) in 2016. I regularly prepare the section on 'Bretagne' for Annee Epigraphique.

From October 2013, I am Principal Investigator leading the collaborative project, 'Facilitating Access to Latin inscriptions in Britain's Oldest Public Museum through Scholarship and Technology', funded by an AHRC Research Grant, Oct 2013-Sep 2016. The project is joint with the Ashmolean Museum and the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents, Oxford: project blog, Reading, Writing, Romans.

I am an active member of the British Epigraphy Society, and have served on the committee for several years (1998-2001, 2002-07). I have served on the Council of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies for two three-year periods, and joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of Roman Studies in 2013, whilst also taking on shared responsibility for Papers of the British School at Rome from 2017. I have acted as Honorary Publications Officer for the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents in Oxford since the Centre's inception in 1997, and I am joint series editor (with Alan Bowman) of the Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents, published by Oxford University Press. I have been a Faculty Member for the British School at Rome from 2014.

Teaching and supervision


  • Dissertation supervision
  • Transformation of Roman Society under Augustus
  • The Roman Empire from Tiberius to Hadrian

In 2004 I was awarded The Butterworth Memorial Teaching Award by the University, and in 2013 an IATL Pedagogic Intervention grant, for the project 'Students as Researchers at the British Museum'.


  • Taught MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture (Classical Epigraphy; Advanced Ancient Language; Ancient Visual Material Culture)

Current pg dissertations supervised:

Full list of postgraduate dissertations supervised

Research degrees examined:

  • Roman funerary monuments and the construction of identity in Pompeii, Gaul and Deva between 50 BC and AD 250 (MA, Warwick)
  • Reshaping Jewish identity: the role of insiders and outsiders in the early Roman period (MA, Warwick)
  • The Dynamics of Civic Euergetism in Spain, Gaul and Africa (D.Phil., Oxford)
  • Divine justification: Flavian imperial cult (M.Litt., Oxford)
  • Asinius Pollio (PhD, University of Western Australia)
  • Augustus and the Roman Provinces of Iberia (PhD, Liverpool)

I am keen to supervise postgraduate students who wish to study topics related to Latin epigraphy and Roman social, cultural, and political history from the late Republic to the second century AD. I am very happy to work with postgraduate students visiting Warwick on Erasmus exchanges from our partners at Bologna, Padua, Venice Ca Foscari and Roma La Sapienza.

Administrative roles

  • Head of Dept (Sep 2014-Aug 2018)

Publications in press

  • 'The Last Days of Augustus', in Afterlives of Augustus, AD 14-2014 ed. P.J. Goodman (Cambridge University Press) [March 2018]
  • 'Latin inscriptions in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford', ZPE

Professional associations

  • British Epigraphy Society
  • Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
  • British School at Rome
  • Classical Association


  • BA; MA; DPhil (St John's College, Oxford)

Office hours

On research leave during the academic year 2018/19.


Undergraduate modules:
  • The Roman Empire from Tiberius to Hadrian
  • The Transformation of Roman Society under Augustus
Postgraduate modules
  • Classical Epigraphy
  • Visual and Material Culture of the Ancient World (contributor)









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